Like a Dragon Gaiden: 3 BEST Coliseum Teams & Fighters

After 30+ hours and the Platinum Trophy, here are my suggestions for the coliseum teams & Fighters in Like a Dragon Gaiden.

My Like a Dragon Gaiden Coliseum best team and fighters guide is focused on providing you with 3 types of teams to help you get through the early stages of Hell Team Rumble and the endgame stages. Most Fighters are acquired through the Akame Network requests or by talking to specific NPCs in the Sotenbori Castle who offer them in exchange for Money. You will start the Silver Rank battles by only needing a team of 4 unless special matches require it, as latter battles from Gold Rank require 10 Joryu Clan members.

Before You Start: With the Early Team being a somewhat exception, I strongly recommend maximizing the other teams’ fighter bonds to boost their heat skill attack and upgrading them past Level 15+ to optimally win the fights past Gold and Platinum Rank.
Important: My personal favorite team consists of the Pre-Order DLC Fighters I used right out of the gate, but fret not, as I have also stated a true endgame team without them.

Best Coliseum Teams Summary

The following Table is a summary of the Like a Dragon Gaiden best teams & their fighters in brief detail:

SR.NOTEAMSMAIN FIGHTERS
3Silver Rank TeamHammerhead, Hattori The Ninja, Phoeniki, Akimoto-Kun
2Gold to Platinum Rank TeamSheep Man, Chicken Man, Yappi-Kun, Gary Buster Holmes, Fumiya Sugiura, Keita Kuroyanagi, Super Guard Machine, Masaharu Kaito, Toru Higashi, Katsuwo
1My most used TeamTaiga Saejima, Goro Majima, Daigo Dojima, Masaharu Kaito, Toru Higashi, Gary Buster Holmes, Fumiya Sugiura, Sheep Man, Chicken Man, Yappi-Kun

3. Silver Rank Team

Best Early Game Team
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Silver Rank Teams [Image Taken by Me]
This team mainly comprises the team I used to clear most of the early Hell Team Rumble Battles. It is worth noting that you can make these earlier battles even easier by upgrading Kiryu’s Agent abilities. In my opinion, they can easily get you through the Silver stages with enough effort.

However, I will still recommend upgrading these fighters to adequate levels to make the fights easier or doing the other Coliseum modes in the meantime to gather cash and even Sub Stories at Akame to unlock most of the better fighters.

Regardless of which, the following are the best Early Coliseum Fighters Team to use:

FIGHTER NAMETYPEROLEHEAT SKILLHOW TO UNLOCK
HammerheadSilverDPSGreatly increases Attack and Stance becomes harder to break.Automatically unlocked in Chapter 2 since first member.
Hattori the NinjaBronzeDPSExtreme Slash - Performs an unblockable slash attack.Unlocked by recruiting him in the Fighter's Lounge.
PhoenikiBronzeTankPowerful Spin - Performs an unguardable spin attack.Automatically unlocked by in Chapter 2 by answering his questions.
Akimoto-KunBronzeHealerEnergy Drink - Recovers health.Recruited by paying 210,000 Yen to the "Well-Connected Gyaru" in the Fighter's Lounge.
Yoshihito Onizuka (Alternative Healer choice)SilverHealerMounted Rush - Pulls down a grabbable enemy and deals heavy damage.Available to recruit in the Fighter's Lounge after defeating him in the Bronze Hell Rumble.
Yuji Nunokawa (Alternative Tank choice)SilverTankPowerful Spin - Perform an unguardable spin attack.Complete the "Liberate the Hammer Man" request.

2. Gold To Platinum Rank Team

Best Mid-to-Late Game Team
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Gold to Platinum Rank teams [Image taken by Me]
Important: To access the Millionaire’s recruitments in the VIP Lounge, you must reach Gold Rank in the Coliseum and have 1000 Joryu Clan followers, and for the Oil Baron in the Casino, unlock Platinum Rank, and have 5000 followers.

The Endgame category team consists of the best of the best fighters, so I highly suggest you are loaded on cash to recruit a few of them or farm it via the Hell Rumble fights using Kiryu. Again, I have provided alternative options since you can freely switch out fighters based on who you think is better, but these are solely based on my experience with them and from my friends who played the Coliseum in Like a Dragon Gaiden.

Below is the team and their fighters, along with their details:

FIGHTER NAMETYPEROLEHEAT SKILLHOW TO UNLOCK
Sheep ManGoldDPSAttacks an enemy with a rocket launcher, dealing extreme damage.Acquired from the Oil Baron for 2,400,000 Yen
Chicken ManGoldDPSBullet Storm - Wildly fires a machinegun in a wide area.Acquired from the Oil Baron for 1,600,000 Yen
Yappi-KunGoldDPSBerserker - Greatly increases Attack and Defense. Prevents KO.Acquired from the Oil Baron for 800,000 Yen
Gary Buster HolmesGoldDPS"Quick or Painless?" - Greatly increases Attack and Defense. Recovers health.Obtained from the Millionaire for 1,500,000 Yen
Fumiya SugiuraGoldDPSEncouragement - Recovers all allies' health.Acquired from the Oil Baron for 3,600,000 Yen
Keita KuroyanagiGoldDPSBullet Storm - Wildly fires a machinegun in a wide area.Complete the "Final Showdown: Black Swallowtails" request
Super Guard MachineGoldTankUnbreakable Wall - Greatly increases Defense.Obtained from thethe Broker in the Coliseum Lobby for 300,000 Yen
Masaharu KaitoGoldTankIndomitable Spirit - Greatly increases all allies' Defense. Stances become harder to break.Complete the "End the Destruction" request
Toru HigashiGoldHealerDon't Die On Me - Continuously recovers all allies' health.Complete the "End the Destruction" request
KatsuwoSilverHealerRaise the Roof - Continuously recovers great amount of all allies' health.Complete the "Cat-Lovin' Rapper" request
Hamako Ishikawa (Alternative DPS)SilverDPSExtreme Slash - Performs an unblockable slash attack.Obtained from the Millionaire for 1,000,000 Yen
Yasuo Sodachi (Alternative DPS)GoldDPSHeat Mode - Greatly increases Attack. Stance becomes harder to break.Defeat in the Gold Coliseum Tournament and then recruit in Fighter's Lounge.
Yoshihito Onizuka (Alternative Healer choice)SilverHealerMounted Rush - Pulls down a grabbable enemy and deals heavy damage.Available to recruit in the Fighter's Lounge after defeating him in the Bronze Hell Rumble.

1. My Personal Team

The Best Team that I Found Optimal for Myself
My Favorite Team [Image Taken by Me]
Lastly, this is my personal favorite team that helped me get through almost every fight with relative ease. The pre-order bonus fighters consist of the former Tojo Clan legends whose abilities and stats are definitely powerful against all manner of Hell Team Rumble battle enemies. Be sure to swap any fighters as you see fit, even the DLC ones, if you don’t happen to own them.

Following is the team and their details:

FIGHTER NAMETYPEROLEHEAT SKILLHOW TO UNLOCK
Taiga SaejimaGoldTankBerserker - Greatly increases Attack and Defense. Prevents KO.Pre-Order Bonus
Goro MajimaGoldDPSMad Dog Rush - A spping attack that slashes nearby enemies and deals heavy damage.Pre-Order Bonus
Daigo DojimaGoldHealerTrue Inspiration - Greatly recovers all allies' health.Pre-Order Bonus
Masaharu KaitoGoldTankIndomitable Spirit - Greatly increases all allies' Defense. Stances become harder to break.Complete the "End the Destruction" request
Toru HigashiGoldHealerDon't Die On Me - Continuously recovers all allies' health.Complete the "End the Destruction" request
Gary Buster HolmesGoldDPSQuick or Painless?" - Greatly increases Attack and Defense. Recovers health.Obtained from the Millionaire for 1,500,000 Yen
Fumiya SugiuraGoldDPSEncouragement - Recovers all allies' health.Acquired from the Oil Baron for 3,600,000 Yen
Sheep ManGoldDPSAttacks an enemy with a rocket launcher, dealing extreme damage.Acquired from the Oil Baron for 2,400,000 Yen
Chicken ManGoldDPSBullet Storm - Wildly fires a machinegun in a wide area.Acquired from the Oil Baron for 1,600,000 Yen
Yappi-KunGoldDPSBerserker - Greatly increases Attack and Defense. Prevents KO.Acquired from the Oil Baron for 800,000 Yen

My Take On The Best Coliseum Teams

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My experience and rankings across all Hell Team Rumble matches. [Image taken by me]
If you had to ask me, I’d strongly recommend either of my DLC Team setups or just go with customizing one from the options listed in the Gold to Platinum Rank team. The Hell Team Rumble isn’t something you will find too challenging with a perfect team; as long as you keep the boss’s attention with Kiryu to yourself in the hardest battles, they can be easily conquered quickly.

This brings me to the end of my Like a Dragon Gaiden Coliseum Best Team guide. For a detailed analysis, make sure to check out Asad Ahmad’s review on Like a Dragon Gaiden. For more guides from me, I highly encourage you to check out my extensive list of the Best Gear and Armor for Kiryu.

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